Parliament Security staff were thrown into confusion this morning after spotting a small black travel bag left unattended close to the entrance to the Old Assembly building.
At the sight of the bag, the officials immediately sealed off the area, thinking the abandoned bag was a bomb. Thereafter, a sniffer dog, together with an explosives expert were brought in to help remove the item.
The explosives expert immediately walked closed to the bag and After opening the bag, it turned out to contain folded clothing.
While the officer was examining the bag, a bystander was heard saying “he’s got nerves”, another voice added, “it’s probably just a bag of files. But you can’t be sure after the other day”- the voice said, pointing in the direction of a glass door fractured during the forceful removal of the EFF members from the National Assembly chamber on Tuesday.
Others surmised that the bag could have been left behind by an absent minded Member of Parliament overnight.
However, the explosives expert who wished to remain anonymous, was applauded by parliament security staff and people around for his bravery.
South African Parliament degenerated to a house of shame and chaos on Tuesday after EFF members were physically ejected from Parliament. Punches were thrown and property was damaged during the scuffle with Parliament Protection Services.
Before their ejection, the opposition party members objected and severally interrupted President Jacob Zuma from having a peaceful time with Members of Parliament (MPs) during a question and answer session.
However, EFF’s National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party will continue to remind Zuma of his shortcomings until he does the right thing and steps down from office for violating the constitution.